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As was stated in another thread, testing has taken on a bit of change this season, with it hopefully gaining traction in the latter half of the year. 

With that, as a mod and member of the community, I have my concerns, but truly want to see the better side of things even if we are at a bit of a crossroads. In the past we have done focus groups, but I think this can be used as a larger focus group from the community. 

I still want to see membership grow, I still want to see testing opportunities happen as well as this community thrive and prosper. I know testing is a backbone in getting new members in the door. The numbers back that up in that when we have a test week our registrations double to triple. In the case of larger tests we see that number increase by 9 or 10 times. 

So what is the basis of this thread? I want to reach out to you the community to help us mods figure out the direction and future of MGS Forum with the current structure. We are after all as mods, still members of the community. Some of these questions I've asked before in other threads, but feel this is deserving of its own dedicated thread.

What brought you to the forum? 
What made you stay?

If testing is more limited in the future (again hopefully not, but if) how would you suggest we grow the forum?

Would growth on Social Media help? If yes, what accounts should we look at for the Forum?

What do other forums have which we can use or bring over the MGS Forum which will help grow a productive membership? This could be features, contests, activities or anything. 

What is the core identity of MGS Forum in your opinion?

We have done a fair bit so far this season in bringing new features to the forum some of which include
Community Map
Course Reviews in Community Map
Beta Testing for Member Review (Link will only work if you have asked for beta tag permission)
- New Stock Up/Stock Down from our Content Hunter
- Themes (Beta users have access to all themes)
- Chatbox feature - underused at the moment - Messenger Live system also available and may be introduced soon
- Major Pools by Titleist
- and more

Thanks all for reading and hope to keep this discussion in a productive manner as to help us best improve the forum now and for the future. 

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SuperSpeed 2020 from 100-112 and climbing!

Driver:   :callaway-small: Mavrik Sub Zero - Set at 9.5* with Aldila Rogue Max 65 gram 

Wood:    :cobra-small: F7 3 wood 14.5* w/ weight back

               :ping-small: G410 Crossover - 2 and 4 iron

Irons:     :ping-small: i210 5-U w/ Nippon Modus 105 stiff (2018 Tester)

Wedge:  :ping-small: Glide 2.0 54* 58* w/ Nippon Modus 105 Stiff

Putter:   :odyssey-small: Stroke Lab 7 35* and oversized grip (2019 Tester)

Balls:      :srixon-small: Z Star

Other:     :Arccos: 

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What brought you to the forum? 

Saw testing opportunities on social media which caused me to become a member.


What made you stay?

Being selected as a tester made me loyal to the forum and then once I spent more time here it became all about the people who are here. While I still peruse a few other forums now and then the bulk of my onilne golf time is spent here.  I think the people here are more mature, myself excluded, who can carry on a conversation and discuss alternative points of view without name calling or bullying. In another golf forum they go out of their way to say that bullying is not allowed, but the owner is the biggest bully on the board!

If testing is more limited in the future (again hopefully not, but if) how would you suggest we grow the forum?

IMHO, to attract and maintain new members without testing, the site is going to have to be seen as more of an expert resource. HQ is seen as an expert resource, but the forum is not as compared to other forums. Perhaps identify members who are experts, or want to become experts on certain topics, to post on a regular basis and be there to answer questions about said expertise. For example DIY Golf Stuff and Club Building are two of my favorite sections and if each had an expert that posted a project once a month and then was available to answer questions I think that would draw more eyes on a regular basis. 

Would growth on Social Media help? If yes, what accounts should we look at for the Forum?

Social Media is how I and many others found this forum so it only makes sense to continue there. However, the social media interaction has to be both a push and pull of content. My experience with the current MGS Twitter is that it is simply a push mechanism. If you want people to follow you need to be seen as being responsive. I've interacted multiple times with MGS on Twitter, but have never received any response or even a like to my response. There was a post recently where they said something like "I'm really interested in your thoughts on X, but I did not see where they recognized people that took the time to respond to their response. "If you're really interested" in their thoughts show them by simply throwing them a like, it's not rocket science.

What do other forums have which we can use or bring over the MGS Forum which will help grow a productive membership? This could be features, contests, activities or anything. 

I would have to spend more time on other forums to answer this question. But as the famous philosopher Charles Barkley once said- "If you try to change to get the 50% of people that don't like you you're going to alienate the 50% that already do!"

 

What is the core identity of MGS Forum in your opinion?

A golf testing site comprised of mature people who are passionate about golf and want to talk to other like minded people in a respectful manner.

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Driver: :cobra-small: Speed Zone 9* HZRDUS Smoke Yellow Shaft

3 Wood: :cobra-small: King Speedzone 13.5* HZRDUS Smoke Black Shaft

2 & 3 Hybrids: :cobra-small: Speedzone Recoil 480 ESX Shaft

Irons: :cobra-small: Speedzone 5-GW Recoil 460 ESX Shafts

Wedges::callaway-logo-1: PM Grind 54* & 58*

Putter: :odyssey-small: Dual Force Rossi II

Ball: Whatever I find in the woods

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1 hour ago, MattWillGolf said:

Previous posts by those more eloquent than I have expressed much of how I feel about the forum.

I found the forums via the MGS website. I started following to read reviews from average golfers. I also didn’t have a lot of faith in the reviews from the major publications but Golf Magazine did capture my attention when they started using “average” golfers to test equipment and offered a bio on each tester. I love seeing new products as they come out. I’m very much an equipment junkie. I used to look forward to new editions of Golf Equipment magazine. I have been fortunate enough to have been selected as a tester and am most appreciative of the opportunity. 

I have noticed what I’d call a decline equipment that has been made available for testing and have wondered what has led to that as I don’t fully understand what drives what equipment gets made available. I do appreciate the extensive thread on the Tester Selection Process. Maybe a Thread that outlines how equipment becomes available for testing. If this exists I’d love to see it.

But a big reason I like the forum is the banter. Just pop over to the Random Thread and you will see why. I try to find humor in things and in this game we all love there are a lot of opportunities to find it. I tend to look for the positives in things. I have discovered “online” friends here, the list is growing, that I look forward to checking in with, multiple times a day.

Why am I here? In a word, COMMUNITY. 

The what happened to major OEM test thread will go into how stuff becomes available for testing. 

Short version in 2022:  HQ searches, asks, requests and leverages for tests. Most come from sponsors of the blog. 

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 ⛳🛄 as of April 15, 2022

SuperSpeed 2020 from 100-112 and climbing!

Driver:   :callaway-small: Mavrik Sub Zero - Set at 9.5* with Aldila Rogue Max 65 gram 

Wood:    :cobra-small: F7 3 wood 14.5* w/ weight back

               :ping-small: G410 Crossover - 2 and 4 iron

Irons:     :ping-small: i210 5-U w/ Nippon Modus 105 stiff (2018 Tester)

Wedge:  :ping-small: Glide 2.0 54* 58* w/ Nippon Modus 105 Stiff

Putter:   :odyssey-small: Stroke Lab 7 35* and oversized grip (2019 Tester)

Balls:      :srixon-small: Z Star

Other:     :Arccos: 

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1 hour ago, GolfSpy_APH said:

Again i feel it necessary to reiterate that the goal is not anything with HQ or their SM platforms. 

It is how do be build on what we have existing and make it better?

What features have you liked that have been introduced? What other features on other sites have you seen that were catchy or ones which could be brought here?

If this just turns into complaining about various things I'll shut it down. There is enough of that sort of stuff in the LIV thread. I don't need that here. 

For reference (on my end) ads are way better then they have been and I don't see them often or notice them. No pop up ads and compared to WRX way less annoying. So a win there in my books.

So moving forward in this thread, what do we do to bring meaningful membership and help the forum grow as a whole. 

Finally for what it's worth my idea for forum identify is community and testing. Both a great engaged community and awesome tests both official and non where golfers can go and get good honest reviews.

How do you make things better? You address the reasons why things haven't gone so well, or have gone downhill.

Like it or not, HQ is an extension of this forum, especially since they've inserted themselves into forum testing which we've all acknowledged is a growing concern. 

If you feel like this is just "complaining about various things" then that tells me there's an even bigger issue going on. 

Slapping a new coat of paint on a car with a busted engine still means you have a car that doesn't work. It just looks shiny. But it won't go anywhere. 

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In my  :wilson_staff_small:  carry bag:
:callaway-small: Mavrik Max 10.5* R Flex Evenflow RipTide
:cleveland-small: Hy-Wood
:cleveland-small: Launcher 5h
:wilson_staff_small: D200 6i-PW
:cleveland-small: CBX 54* & 58*
:cleveland-small: #10
:bridgestone-small: e12 Contact
 

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Just now, russtopherb said:

How do you make things better? You address the reasons why things haven't gone so well, or have gone downhill.

Like it or not, HQ is an extension of this forum, especially since they've inserted themselves into forum testing which we've all acknowledged is a growing concern. 

If you feel like this is just "complaining about various things" then that tells me there's an even bigger issue going on. 

Slapping a new coat of paint on a car with a busted engine still means you have a car that doesn't work. It just looks shiny. But it won't go anywhere. 

Maybe it should be stated as how can we as mods make things better that are within our control. 

The testing discussion is valid, but we have been trying to work with it for literally months. We have done all that we can and in the end that isn't in our hands. 

We have other ideas which can aid it and will disclose when we actually have something. 

So again what can we as mods to help improve this community that is in our control.

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 ⛳🛄 as of April 15, 2022

SuperSpeed 2020 from 100-112 and climbing!

Driver:   :callaway-small: Mavrik Sub Zero - Set at 9.5* with Aldila Rogue Max 65 gram 

Wood:    :cobra-small: F7 3 wood 14.5* w/ weight back

               :ping-small: G410 Crossover - 2 and 4 iron

Irons:     :ping-small: i210 5-U w/ Nippon Modus 105 stiff (2018 Tester)

Wedge:  :ping-small: Glide 2.0 54* 58* w/ Nippon Modus 105 Stiff

Putter:   :odyssey-small: Stroke Lab 7 35* and oversized grip (2019 Tester)

Balls:      :srixon-small: Z Star

Other:     :Arccos: 

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